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Democrats are crying foul about the way Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is organizing his veto hearing on the issue of electricity rate relief. The governor has scheduled a rare veto hearing to review the legislation recently approved by the Maryland General Assembly during an equally rare special session.

In order to testify for the hearing, the governor has required all interested parties to sign up at a special web site, and even if people sign up, there is no guarantee they will be permitted to speak.

As the rules laid out on the site make clear: "Due to the time constraints, only those individuals who receive an electronic mail or telephonic confirmation may testify."

The governor's office has been clear they intend to hear from both sides in a balanced way. But Democrats wonder whom the governor will exclude and why.

Still, Ehrlich has allowed that those not able (or permitted) to speak can submit written testimony by using the Governor's e-mail form or by writing to the Governor's Legislative Office, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

By  |  June 19, 2006; 11:38 AM ET
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Gov - quit creating hot air, its too hot already and our utility bills are already too high. Veto or not, do your thing, don't you have advisors and staff? Be the Governor while you still can. Don't waste our time and money with this silly veto hearing.

Posted by: too much hot air | June 19, 2006 3:36 PM | Report abuse

That's right Gov - don't listen to anyone affected - drop this silly hearing where real people may have an opportunity to voice their concerns - focus ENTIRELY on what the Legislature, O'Malley and Duncan say is best - they clearly only have the best interests of people in mind and would NEVER play politics with an issue like this. Asking real voters what they think is such a terrible idea it needs to be dropped immediately in favor of total capitulation to those who hate you. Come on, Gov, be reasonable. Drop this silly hearing.

Posted by: good idea | June 19, 2006 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Does this sound like a something President Bush would do? Hold a "public meeting" but only allow the members of the public that you choose.

Democrats ought to just stay away. It's a sham. Why play along? Let the gov speak to his industry cronies at his public hearing.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2006 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Why are the Democrats complaining? Didn't they create this problem all those years ago?

Posted by: Steve | June 20, 2006 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Yes, they did, because they decided they wanted to try to act like Republicans.

Posted by: MDGreen | June 20, 2006 9:37 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley would never play politics with this, who is that poster kidding? What did they consider the lawsuit? A walk in the park? Cmon, he sought an injunction rather than a declatory judgement simply for political motivations.

And Duncan, he's not being political pretending he's for everything good and nothing bad? He's done nothing here.

Ehrlich's veto hearing is a good idea. What other time have average people been invited to speak? When, tell me. I mean look at the Senate Deregulation Committee, they didn't produce one report and they didn't ask anyone to testify. The PSC let the usual suspects--city solicitor, energy industry people, etc testify. And Ehrlich is the bad guy for asking the people what they want?

Yahhhhh, that makes a lot of sense.

Posted by: Bryan | June 20, 2006 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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